Education And Discipline Are Key To Success In Children: MasterChef Shipra Khanna

For Shipra Khanna, winning season 2 of MasterChef India was a validation of her tireless dedication and unwavering self-belief. Here, she talks about balancing family and a food-based career.

By Team ParentCircle

Education And Discipline Are Key To Success In Children: MasterChef Shipra Khanna

The season 2 winner of MasterChef India, Shipra Khanna, believes time-management is crucial to achieving success on both the personal and professional fronts. She is the perfect example of a person who lives and breathes food. Shipra also believes that mindfulness is an important aspect of parenting — she strives to give her best both in her personal life and at work. 

In a candid chat with ParentCircle, Shipra talks about her journey with MasterChef India, her life post-success and the formula for maintaining a perfect work-life balance.

Q. You won Masterchef India — one of the toughest culinary competitions — when you were going through a difficult time personally. What was on your mind then?

Although I was going through a lot of turmoil in my personal life, I knew I had to stay focused and give my best in my chosen field of cooking. It is a passion for me and I knew this was my golden chance to make it big.

Q. How did you prepare for the competition? What quality of yours gave you the winning edge?

I believe it is my love for food and the passion for cooking that helped me win. Frankly, before and during the competition, I was not fully prepared. I just decided to take the plunge and perform to the best of my capacity.

Q. What, according to you, are the challenges of being a single mom?

For all single moms like me, to work and take care of children at the same time and, do justice to both, is a big challenge.

Q. You travel a lot on work, you have written cookbooks and manage your different engagements. How do you maintain a work-life balance?

Time-management and discipline are essential in both the professional and personal lives and important, for work-life balance. But doing that is not always easy.  

Q. Tell us about your love for food and how it has helped you in your life?

Cooking is like blood in my body. I smell, breathe and live food! It gives me life and excitement! Being passionate about something and having that as your career makes it more fun. The rest follows as you put your heart and soul into everything that you do.

Q. You defied stereotypes to live life on your own terms. How difficult was it and how did it affect your children?

Yes, I admit that it’s been a difficult phase for me. Whenever a family breaks up, it is children who are the most affected. But parents should inspire children not to give up but maintain a positive outlook on life.

Q. What is your advice to youngsters who want to make a career out of food and cooking?

Education, discipline and balance in your personal and professional life is key to success. And of course, if you love food, it will find a way into your life. Today, work in the field of food is not just restricted to cooking. You can blog, open your own café, pursue food photography, set up organic farming, etc.

Q. What are the values you want your children to grow up with?

Honesty and sincerity are the two values I want my children to grow up with, as I feel these are important virtues that will help them throughout their lives. 

Q. What are you busy with right now? Any new cookbooks in the offing?

There are a lot of things in the pipeline. I have a series of books scheduled for release under the title Simply India series by Shipra Khanna. I am super excited!

Q. Can you give us some quick cooking tips so that busy moms get to spend less time in the kitchen

  • Keep veggies chopped and use fresh, not frozen
  • Purée tomatoes beforehand and freeze, so you can use as and when required. This saves cooking time
  • If onions and garlic are chopped and sautéed before cooking, it speeds up the process, especially when you’re in a rush
  • Ensure you have homemade sauces and dips always ready for a quick bite
  • Salad vegetables, curd, eggs, bread and butter, and fruits should always be stored in the fridge, so you don't need to rush out to do last-minute shopping! 

Q. Can you give us a simple recipe that kids can make?

Here is a simple yet tasty dish that kids can cook too: 

 Spinach crêpes with cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk or as required
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup spinach purée
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese

Method

  • Mix all ingredients to a make batter with flowing consistency.
  • Heat a non-stick flat pan, take a ladle-full of the mix, and spread evenly to make crêpes.  Repeat the process.
  • Add 1 tbsp full of cream cheese in each crêpe. Spread evenly and serve with tomato sauce.

Q. Lastly, what is your message for readers of ParentCircle?

With technology comes a lot of responsibility. Parents play a very important role in giving the right direction and advice to children. That is especially critical today as this is a generation which believes they know it all and that they have a right to everything.

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